From Ynetnews 3/5/06:
Independence Day celebrations launched with torch-lighting ceremony on Mount Herzl, centered on theme of Negev and Galilee development; Peres calls on Muslims to curb hostility against Jewish State.
Israel celebrates independence: With the conclusion of Memorial Day at sundown Tuesday, at 8:00 p.m. the nation launched its 58th Independence Day celebrations with a torch-lighting ceremony at the Mount Herzl plaza in Jerusalem.
Speaking at the ceremony, Shimon Peres said: 'I call on those near and far, on the Palestinians and the rulers of Arab countries that have not yet signed peace treaties with us, lay down your weapons.'
Happy Birthday Israel! Official ceremony in Jerusalem (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
'I call on all Muslim nations to let go the hostility,' he said. 'There are still existential dangers - there are those who want to exterminate us.'
'In its 58th year, despite crises and difficulties, the country is still a wonder in the eyes of nations when it comes to its abilities, achievements, and unique qualities,' Peres said. 'We, the citizens of Israel, should be looking back with immense satisfaction at what we have done. (We should) expect the future with hope, we shouldn't stop dreaming and we shouldn't stop creating.'
'We have ...to be proud ....' he said" .....